Hubbard going Olympics as first transgender athlete

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Laurel Hubbard, a New Zealand weightlifter who is set to compete in the Olympics as the world’s first transgender athlete, will compete in the men’s 8kg super heavyweight division at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Laurel Hubbard, who underwent gender reassignment at the age of 35 in 2013, is set to become the oldest athlete as well as the sexiest athlete.

In the meantime, he has received all kinds of permission to participate in the Olympics, and the New Zealand Olympic Association has also given him maximum support. The New Zealand Olympic Association said:

“We have always helped Hubbard to play in the Olympics. She has now changed from a man to a woman, so there is no obstacle for her to enter the women’s category. ”

Laurel Hubbard broke her arm while playing in the Commonwealth Games three years ago. At that time, many people advised her to quit the game, but she did not give up. Hubbard thanked the New Zealand Olympic Association and friends for their contributions to his transformation and return.

“If the whole country and our Olympic organization had not stood by me, such a great opportunity would not have come in my life. I broke my arm while playing in the Commonwealth Games three years ago, when many people suggested that I quit. But my mind did not give in. However, thanks to the love of family, a few close friends and the country’s Olympic officials, I have spent the last 18 months in that dark time.”

Although he was allowed to play in the Olympics, the task was not easy at all, he got the Olympic clearance after fulfilling several conditions of the International Olympic Committee. One of them is that the level of testosterone in the body of a transgender athlete must be at least 10 nanomoles per liter.